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The Origin of Silicon Valley's Gender Problem
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The Origin of Silicon Valley's Gender Problem

About 25 percent of boys and 24 percent of girls expect to be working in a science-related occupation in their 30s, according to the OECD Program for International...

When an Interface Becomes the Face
From ACM TechNews

When an Interface Becomes the Face

Social roboticist Glenda Hannibal at the University of Vienna in Austria considers how a future society supported by robots will transform human-digital interaction...

White House Boosts CSforAll Commitments for Computer Science Education Week
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White House Boosts CSforAll Commitments for Computer Science Education Week

The White House has announced new commitments involving implementing computer science and computational thinking in K-12 education that build on President Barack...

Safer, Less Vulnerable Software Is the Goal of New NIST Computer Publication
From ACM TechNews

Safer, Less Vulnerable Software Is the Goal of New NIST Computer Publication

The strategies compiled in a new U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publication can lead to software with 100 times fewer vulnerabilities...

Pizzagate: From Rumor, to Hashtag, to Gunfire in D.C.
From ACM News

Pizzagate: From Rumor, to Hashtag, to Gunfire in D.C.

What was finally real was Edgar Welch, driving from North Carolina to Washington to rescue sexually abused children he believed were hidden in mysterious tunnels...

Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search
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Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search

Here's what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That's all I did.

Making Airport PreCheck Free Could Save TSA Millions: Report
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Making Airport PreCheck Free Could Save TSA Millions: Report

A University of Illinois study found if the U.S. Transportation Security Administration paid for the expedited airport screening program PreCheck for frequent fliers...

Geo Faces Algorithm Seeks to Determine Where You're From
From ACM TechNews

Geo Faces Algorithm Seeks to Determine Where You're From

Southern Connecticut State University professor Mohammad Tarik Islam has developed Geo Faces, an algorithm and dataset that can determine where people are from...

Researchers Tackle Communicating With Test Flights Using Weaker Frequencies
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Tackle Communicating With Test Flights Using Weaker Frequencies

University of Kansas researchers have received a $2.5-million contract to develop new communication technologies for airborne vehicles on U.S. test ranges. The...

Augmented Reality Helps Patients With Chronic Phantom Limb Pain
From ACM TechNews

Augmented Reality Helps Patients With Chronic Phantom Limb Pain

A new treatment developed by Max Ortiz Catalan at the U.K.'s Chalmers University of Technology can help alleviate amputees' phantom limb pain. The approach relies...

Coding Comics
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Coding Comics

Macarthur Fellow Gene Luen Yang's graphic novels introduce kids to computer programming.

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People
From ACM News

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People

A growing mass of poorly secured devices on the Internet of things represents a serious risk to life and property, and the government must intervene to mitigate...

Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge
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Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge

NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has made its first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn's rings since beginning its penultimate mission phase on...

AI Learns to Predict the Future by Watching 2 Million VideosĀ 
From ACM News

AI Learns to Predict the Future by Watching 2 Million VideosĀ 

An artificial intelligence system can predict how a scene will unfold and dream up a vision of the immediate future.

Google DeepMind Makes AI Training Platform Publicly Available
From ACM TechNews

Google DeepMind Makes AI Training Platform Publicly Available

Alphabet's Google DeepMind is making its game platform available to the general public on GitHub. DeepMind is open sourcing the entire source code for its training...

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People
From ACM TechNews

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People

Prominent computer security experts in November warned the U.S. Congress that a poorly secured Internet of Things could seriously threaten life and property. 

100 Million Students Worldwide Will Learn to Code This Week for Hour of Code
From ACM TechNews

100 Million Students Worldwide Will Learn to Code This Week for Hour of Code

Computer Science Education Week begins today (December 5), and more than 100 million students worldwide will participate in Hour of Code, a 60-minute introduction...

Team Finds New Method to Improve Predictions
From ACM TechNews

Team Finds New Method to Improve Predictions

Researchers at Princeton, Columbia, and Harvard universities have developed a new method to analyze big data that better predicts outcomes in healthcare, politics...

Designing Agile Human-Machine Teams
From ACM TechNews

Designing Agile Human-Machine Teams

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) recently announced Agile Teams (A-Teams) program is designed to discover, test, and illustrate predictive...

Silicon Valley's Culture, Not Its Companies, Dominates in China
From ACM Careers

Silicon Valley's Culture, Not Its Companies, Dominates in China

The majesty of the Golden Gate, the windy chill of Alcatraz, the tourist hubbub of Pier 39—Zhao Haoyu’s itinerary for San Francisco had it all.
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